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A Boutique Hideaway in Southern California
ImageLeft: the entryway of the Cara, which features a travertine and limestone tiled floor. Right: each room offers a view of the property’s courtyard.Credit…Maura Grace
By Michaela TrimbleNestled in the foothills of Griffith Park in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is the Cara, a 60-room boutique hotel that calls to mind an idyllic Mediterranean getaway. Once the site of a 1950s-era motel, the property underwent an extensive 18-month renovation in 2019 and now includes a grand whitewashed tower that’s host to a magnificent lobby with olive and cream travertine and limestone tiles. The rooms — which are decorated in a soothing palette of beige and ivory — feature either breezy patios or balconies and are stocked with JuneShine hard kombucha and coffee from the nearby cafe Maru. Each terrace faces the central courtyard, a serene, palm-shaded space with a pool at its center and 100-year-old olive trees at either end. Lest guests forget that they are, in fact, in California, though, at the hotel’s namesake restaurant and bar the chef Michael Patria serves dishes — such as watermelon and tomato gazpacho, and ceviche made with snapper sourced from the waters near Santa Barbara — that prioritize sustainable produce from local farms. Rooms from $299, carahotel.com.